(8) Gregory Thaumaturgus, "To Theopompus, on the Impassibility and Passibility
of God," in The Fathers of the Church, vol.
This raises intense debate about the passibility
of God that falls outside the scope of this article.
Thinking through feeling; God, emotion and passibility
On the other hand, those who defend God's passibility
by arguing that God is inherently temporal risk implying that sin, suffering, and evil are constitutive of God (283-96).
is to make heaven and hell come tumbling down in a thought of Otherness." It is therefore no longer being that Khatibi wishes to paint, but becoming, the becoming of the body of the flesh--the eternal "passibility
" [sic] of man.
For Calvin and others, God's changing emotions depicted in the Bible are "rhetorical event[s]"; this explanation reconciles "scriptural representation with doctrinal imperative" and "consign Is] passibility
to the realm of trope" (140).
Now in juxtaposition to recent historicist treatments of Milton, most notably Dennis Danielson's Milton's Good God, Lieb assesses Milton's investment in an emotive God of "passibility
" (146), which he terms theopatheia in opposition to anthropopatheia (146): God feels, in other words, but he does so not in an imitatively human way, so that we can approximate an understanding of him, but rather because his "emotional life ...
Lieb's appropriate label for such language is theopatheia, "a new form of passibility
In so doing it posited no questions about the suffering and passibility
only on the power of the agent, but also on the passibility
Timothy Reiss uses the idea of passibility
(from patior, to endure) to sum up this idea of being acted upon.
The presence of polar functional groups on the polyesters and polyamides offers the passibility
of both strong specific interactions and chemical reactions between the dissimilar polymers.